Thirty minutes later I flip the light switch on with my neck hair bristled. It looked like a murder scene minus the white chalk outline. Finally, Ratzilla was dead. I’ll spare you the bloody shots. No, this is not the bloody shot below. He measured over 15 inches from nose to tip of the tail.
The manufacturer doesn’t recommend using peanut butter, but if you insist on it like I do, they recommend that you smear it on the inside of the rear metal plate between the holes, so it doesn’t ooze onto the metal plate or electronics. That’s what I did. I baited the trap and *LEFT IT TURNED OFF* for a few days so the rats would get comfortable with it, as recommended. When I checked the trap after a few days, they had polished it clean of peanut butter.
A: Eating bait will not change a rodent’s “normal” water requirements. It is a myth that rodents will seek water outdoors after eating bait and then die outdoors. There is adequate water in your home to meet all rodent needs. If water weren’t available, rodents wouldn’t live there.
I will as a matter of principle only recommend things on this site if I feel they’re good value.  Usually I’ve tried them myself or know and trust someone else who has.  In this case, I’ve been using this trap now for well over two years, with excellent results.
Once the baiting program has begun, do not move bait stations to different locations as rats may react unfavorably to the change and begin avoiding the stations. Bait type and formulation used inside the stations should also remain the same.
Rats and mice don’t see well, especially when it’s dark, so they follow baseboards, walls, and other straight lines.  When the glue board is placed along a straight line, the rat will usually run into it.  Sometimes they will jump over it, and if that is the case, then using 2 glue boards end to end is the solution.
Update: reduced my rating from ***** (5) to ** (2) as the trap broke after the first use (kill). The plastic latch mechanism cracked, presumably when it caught the first rodent, and will no longer set. It was literally set 1x and used 1x (correctly per instructions) and broke.
Live rat trapping is difficult but can be accomplished.  The problem with live trapping is that unlike snap traps, the rat has to enter the trap and walk across the “trip” plate to get to the lure.  Some rats will wander into the trap without any thought and get trapped.  Other rats are smart and will not enter the trap at all. These rats are said to be “trap shy”.
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The problem could also manifest in your garage or backyard, in which case it would be helpful to make your property less inviting. This is possible if you tightly seal away garbage, rake leaves away from structures and keep all kindling and firewood stored at least one foot above ground.
We were plagued with rats, the cats were afraid of them. I went to the feed and seed to find something to use and talked to an old farmer about it. What he told me was brilliant. Get a five gallon bucket fill it about half way with water, then dump a small bag of cheap dog food in it. The dog food floats. Put it where the rats have access to it. The little suckers will drown thinking its a free meal. I tried it and it worked! Must have trashed 2 dozen rats over the course of a week.
Cut a few small holes at the top and tie string to the plastic bottle. Then secure the string at the edge of an elevated surface, such as a table. Make sure that you use a strong enough string, or even a small rope, so that the weight of the rat will not break the string when it falls. This also applies to where you connect the string. You want the string to be securely connected to something heavy so that it will not break or move by the weight of the rat.
Another injustice solution is alkaseltzer (?sp) with an ultra fine coating of peanut butter on it. If you balance your platform just right, with a little resistance to tipping, the mouse can take a couple of good nibbles. Once they hit the water and take some big gulps, their bellies will expand to the point of fatality. This solution is the cheapest of all.
The best bait for your trap may depend on the species of your rats. In North America, two species are most prevalent: the Norway rat and the roof rat. The Norway rat is usually found at or below ground level in burrows, basements, sewers and dumpsters. The roof rat is usually found higher up – in trees, cliffs, attics and higher levels of a home or warehouse.
A: Electronic rat traps are the quickest and easiest way to catch rats. They are easy to use, with no setting or glue required. Their no-touch technology, plus 100% kill rate makes them an ideal way to control your rat problem. If you would like more information on how to catch a rat, view our complete guide below.
There is no houseguest quite as unwanted as the highly adaptable, grossly destructive, and possibly even dangerous wild rat. Rats have been notable throughout history as carriers of fleas and diseases, as well as unwelcome vermin that will ruin both your food and your house. They can be destructive, disturbing, and even a little scary. This is why it is important to counteract their movements in and around your home with a variety of different rat traps – and peanut butter. Because having a trap means nothing until you have something as alluring as peanut butter. Right?
A: Remove the small staple holding the locking bar to the wood base. Place bait inside curl found at the end of the bait pedal.  Pull back bow and hold down with thumb. With other hand, engage the curved portion locking bar under the small, V-shaped lip on the bait pedal.
A: The potential of any secondary poisoning depends on most of the same factors indicated above. Call the poison control number on your product package (1-877-854-2494) if you are concerned about a possible exposure. Occurrences of this type of poisoning are extremely rare.
Locate the bucket handle hinges on each side of the bucket. Drill two holes through the plastic directly above these hinges on each side of the bucket with an electric drill using a 1/2-inch drill bit. Poke the wood dowel through the two holes to see if it fits. Remove one end of dowel from hole and leave it in the bucket.
When you try to get rid of rats in the open air, such as the yard or any other place outside the home, you should choose special waterproof rat trap. Selected rat trap should only kill rats, but does not harm any other wildlife. Remember that rats carry many diseases, such as rabies, and it is important that you eliminate them before they hurt you or your family.
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JT Eaton 410BULK Jawz Plastic Rat Trap – excellent snap trap made of durable plastic. The trap is really easy to set compared to wooden traps and can be set by foot or hand. When JT Eaton is properly set the red label indicates it is ready to go.
Glue traps are completely indiscriminate. PETA fields calls on a regular basis from distraught individuals who have discovered birds, lizards, snakes, bats, chipmunks, squirrels, and even their own animal companions hopelessly stuck to these sticky boards.
If you place the trigger bar on the right side of the bait pad towards the “S” then the trigger is set to “Sensitive”.  This means that the trap is harder for you to set but easier for the rat to trigger.
Zap any rat that tries to entice your home by using the RZC001 Classic rat trap. Made from quality plastic and featuring an effective design, this unit is suitable for the home and can be placed indoors or outdoors. It has a decent size of 12 x 4 x .5 inches that makes it suitable for most rats.
If you ever see that glue traps are being used to capture and kill animals, contact those responsible, ask them to stop using the traps, and then contact PETA. Also, wherever you see glue traps sold, be sure to send a polite letter to the store manager asking that the store stop selling them, and have your friends do the same.
The all-weather housing allows the trap to be used indoors and outdoors while the 2-chamber designs make cleaning easy. It delivers a heart-stopping shock that kills the rat or mice in a humane manner without blood, splatter or any other mess.
The Aspectek Reusable is made from washable materials and includes a built-in bait cup, making it a sanitary option for effective pest elimination time and time again. It opens easily for quick disposal of its victims into the trash.
Note: With any surface, select a cleaning method that will not discolor or damage the surface. If in doubt, test on a non-exposed area, or consult a professional cleaning service. For additional information on using glue traps, see Using Traps.
Since rats prefer enclosed, safe locations, use Protecta Bait Stations with the T-Rex Snap Traps. These stations will shelter the rat; encouraging it to enter and protect non-targeted animals and children from the harm of the snap trap. The Victor Snap Traps are fine traps, but its height will not fit into bait stations. If this is the case, you can get a cardboard box, cut holes in it and place it over the Victor Snap Trap. This method is not tampered resistant, however.
If you must place a trap parallel to a wall, place it toe-to-toe with another trap facing the opposite direction. This will make it easier to catch a rat coming from either direction. Otherwise, keep your traps spaced at least 15 feet apart from one another.
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I set this glue trap for this mouse cause it was destroying my stuff every night. It was successfull but was bad as it when the mouse gets stuck to the trap it cant escape and it dies from hunger, and weakness from trying continuously from freeing itself and it dies after 4-5 days of struggle. This stuff is inhumane I felt so bad for the poor little thing that i freed it, which was the hardest thing to do, and left in and open field.
Once the wire is through both ends, make sure the wire extends a few inches past the bucket on both edges. With the threaded can centered over the bucket, crimp the wire at both ends of the can. This will keep the can sliding to the edge of the bucket which would defeat the trap.
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